HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: CIENEGA 38, SUNNYSIDE 21

Holley's haul yields results

Cienega senior has 10 catches, 186 yards, 2 touchdowns in win
2012-09-08T00:00:00Z 2012-09-08T12:42:56Z Holley's haul yields resultsDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 08, 2012 12:00 am  • 

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Luke Holley came into Friday night's game at Sunnyside as the top receiver in Southern Arizona, and he showed why.

The 6-foot-1-inch Cienega senior caught 10 passes for a 186 yards and accounted for two touchdowns as the Bobcats beat the previously undefeated Blue Devils for the second straight year, 38-21.

"I've been working hard my whole life, but it's not a one-man team," Holley said.

"I could not ask for a better quarterback, and our line has been blocking good.

"But my mindset when I go into the game is, 'Do not drop a ball.'"

Holley's second reception of the game probably shifted the momentum after Sunnyside took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 10-play, 94-yard drive.

On Cienega's first play from scrimmage on its next possession, sophomore quarterback Adriell Alvarado connected with Holley on a short out route. Holley sprinted up his sideline for a 51-yard gain to the Sunnyside 15.

Three plays after that, on third down, the Bobcats tied the game when senior and former Blue Devil David Vega ran 8 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.

Sunnyside (2-1) punted away its next possession after a three-and-out, and then Alvarado connected with Holley for a 31-yard gain, again on Cienega's first play from scrimmage.

Two plays after that, Neil Kimberlin hit a leaping Donavan Vance for a 16-yard scoring pass, and the Bobcats took a 14-7 lead with 9:37 left in the half.

Cienega (2-1) quickly got the ball back again when Sunnyside running back Daniel Bonn fumbled on the first play of the Blue Devils' next possession.

Alvarado didn't target Holley, but he still ended up with the ball - in the end zone.

On third down at the Sunnyside 13, Diavanni Johnson took an Alvarado screen pass all the way to the goal line but fumbled into the end zone.

Holley jumped on the ball, and the Bobcats took a commanding 21-7 lead early in the second quarter.

"I started laughing,"Holley said. "What are the odds?"

Sunnyside scored on its next possession when Christian Oropeza connected with Aurelio Gonzalez on a 50-yard scoring play. The Bobcats responded with a 32-yard field goal by Robert Griffith to make it 24-14 at the half.

Cienega got the ball first in the second half and, not surprisingly, Holley capped the nine-play drive with a 30-yard touchdown catch, his fourth of the season.

Alvarado, who went 16 for 24 for 264 yards, hit Holley just in front of the goal line, and he sidestepped his way into the end zone.

"He always comes through," Alvarado said. "He's a great target.

"Angel Holmes is one of my favorite targets, too. We just have a little dynamic."

Vega gave Cienega a 38-14 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run. He finished the game with a team-high 62 yards rushing on seven carries.

"I played (at Sunnyside) my freshman and sophomore year," Vega said. "It was nice to score here, but I have so much respect for all the coaches and players here.

"They work hard."

Sunnyside had four fumbles and one interception, and Cienega had three fumbles. Both coaches agreed that was an area that needs to be fixed quickly.

"We didn't take care of the ball," Sunnyside coach Glenn Posey said.

If "they play us some good physical football, and we don't take care of the ball, this is what's going to happen," Posey said.

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